Cleaning Up: Purrell Fortune Buys Meier Penthouse in On Prospect Park

On Prospect Park was expected to be a magnet for Manhattan ex-pats, making the news that it was more than half-full of Brooklynites a bit of a surprise. Yet who’da thunk it, a Midwesterner has bought the first of five penthouses atop the Richard Meier-designed masterpiece on Grand Army Plaza.

A trust associated with the Kanfer family of Akron, Ohio, has just purchased the 3,500-square-foot spread for $3.97 million.

The Kanfer family, and the Lippmans before them, run GOJO Industries, a privately held company that got its start making non-toxic industrial hand cleaners before its major breakthrough, which probably every person who will ever read this has used: Purrell. The family is also deeply involved in the Akron and international Jewish communities through the Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation.

No doubt any hand sanitizer heir would love the exquisitely clean lines of Meier’s latest marvel. The home on the southern side of the buildings boasts wraparound views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, including the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building and neighboring Prospect Park. “Vast proportions allow for grand living,” according to the project’s Web site.

“The building itself, the architecture is drawing a lot of interest, not only from Brooklyn but across the United States and from Europe and Australia, as well,” Corcoran broker Cheryl Nielsen-Saaf told The Observer. That said, she acknowledged that another penthouse had just gone to contract with a buyer in Brooklyn, while the remaining three will go on the market in the spring. “The demand was so high, we couldn’t wait,” Nielsen-Saaf said. “The supply in Brooklyn, there’s really nothing else like it.”

Yet even with all this popularity, price cuts are still the standard at this nearly sold-out project. Many units have gone for double digit discounts, but this one only dropped 3 percent, from an ask of $4.1 million. Compare that to the neighboring duplex, which faces directly onto Grand Army and was asking $6 million in 2008. How long before it is gone, too?

The Kanfer home boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, which, as another penthouse listing makes clear, are top of the line: “Zuma air jet soaking tub, Dornbracht faucets, white Thassos marble floor with radiant heat in the Master bath and Jet Mist granite in the Junior bathroom.”

With fixtures like those, the buyer should have no trouble freshening up ever again.

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Cleaning Up: Purrell Fortune Buys Meier Penthouse in On Prospect Park